SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has dispatched its multi-awarded Search, Emergency and Rescue Team (SERT-SBMA) to assist in search and rescue, as well as clearing operations in typhoon-stricken areas in the Visayas.
SBMA Fire Chief Ranny Magno said that ten members of the SERT-SBMA were flown from Clark Freeport via a C-130 military aircraft to Cebu City. From there, they will be transferred to ships that will deploy them to Tacloban City.
The SBMA rescue workers were joined by some members of the Philippine Red Cross 143rd Volunteer Group from Olongapo City
Magno said the team brought all their equipment and communication gear to ensure effective operations in areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda, which has reportedly killed thousands of residents in the affected areas.
At the same time, SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said the Subic agency has launched a collection drive for food stuff, water and used clothing for the typhoon victims.
“The people of Tacloban need our help,” Garcia told SBMA employees on Monday, as he implored them to give what they could donate.
“Sa pinsalang kanilang dinanas, matatagalan pa po bago malubos ang rehabilitasyon ng lugar na iyon kung kaya sana, matulungan pa natin sila,” he said.
Garcia also announced the decision of SBMA-SERT members to donate a part of their P100,000 prize money from the recent “Gawad Kalasag” Awards.
The SBMA team received last month the 2013 “Gawad Kalasag” for being chosen as the best in Urban Search and Rescue (URBAN SAR) in the national level.
It was the team’s second such award since 2009.